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        04-11-2013, 10:40 AM
      #21
    Foal
    This is great information!
    I live in N. Florida and the mosquitos are HORRIBLE...also the white flies (I think that's what they are). I have just started using Repel-X on my mare's legs, face and belly combined with a fly sheet, neck sheet and face mask at night time when the bugs are at their worst. Poor thing looks like a lone ghost out in the pasture at night...LOL.
    I'll try the Swat ointment on her ears and face during the day when the small face flies are the worst and maybe she won't have to wear her face mask during the day...It gets so hot and humid here in the summer...I hate to have to cover her during the day as well. ;)
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        04-11-2013, 10:55 AM
      #22
    Green Broke
    I, also, live in N. Florida and have been rinsing all 5 with ACV. It does ok, but still see a few skeeters and flies around the head and chest. I have some SWAT in the medic bag so will give that a try.
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        04-11-2013, 01:49 PM
      #23
    Trained
    Thank heavens for small favors, we have no mosquitoes. But, I am w corporal, concentrate on controlling the fly population w all available means in conjunction w repellents. I have fewer flies than if I had no horses...control is your first line of defense. It's war!!!! For repellents, I always seem to return to repelX, although ultrashield seeme about as good. I used skinsosoft last year, I wouldn't say it worked any better - but it did work.
         
        04-11-2013, 02:24 PM
      #24
    Showing
    If the biting flies get really bad, you can wipe used, or new, engine oil on the horse's lower legs. Wipe it onto the hair and avoid rubbing it in. I use it when nothing else does. One product I've been very happy with is Absorbine RED. The bottle is red and it is also called RED. Hard to get it in Canada. When the insects are bad my horses want to go in about 9am where it's dark and will remain inside until almost dark outside. This means feeding them inside. If your horses use a run in, close it up by hanging old rugs or canvas tarps over the doorway. Make it as dark as possible. The bugs will stay out in the light.
         
        05-11-2013, 08:58 PM
      #25
    Foal
    I have been using "Freedom 45 Spot On" to control the Mosquitos for about a month now on my mare. I got it at the Tractor Supply when it was on sale 6 pack for $19.99 (normally $24.99 for 6). It works like the topical you use for dogs and cats. It claims to work for two weeks...and it really does! No mosquitoes land on her. Just thought I would share :)
    Here is the link to product:
    Freedom® 45 Insect Repellent For Horses, Pack of 6 - Tractor Supply Online Store
         
        05-12-2013, 12:20 AM
      #26
    Weanling
    Fly Predators are amazing! As for sprays, I love Clac Deo Lotion. It's great for horses with sensitive skin! :)
         
        05-12-2013, 10:58 AM
      #27
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by tallygirl4    
    I have been using "Freedom 45 Spot On" to control the Mosquitos for about a month now on my mare. I got it at the Tractor Supply when it was on sale 6 pack for $19.99 (normally $24.99 for 6). It works like the topical you use for dogs and cats. It claims to work for two weeks...and it really does! No mosquitoes land on her. Just thought I would share :)
    Here is the link to product:
    Freedom® 45 Insect Repellent For Horses, Pack of 6 - Tractor Supply Online Store
    I started using this a month ago as did a friend. It really seems to work here.
    The gnats are much more interested in me than they are the horses.
    No flies attacking on the trails!

    There is occasionally a type of fly that wants to attack the under belly of the horses so I give them a poof of fly spray there when those things are around.
    So far I am happy happy with the Freedom 45...course it's still early in the season yet.
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        05-12-2013, 05:44 PM
      #28
    Trained
    Give your horses a nice shady/dark shelter with a good breeze (or fan) and keep all the bug attracting plants (butter cups this time of year) mowed down and your horses will thank you everyday.
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